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So in one of my reports I am quoting an executive who talks about the company "Company X" at a time when it was still called "Company X." This was a few months ago, and the company's name has since been changed to "Company Z." Can I change the company name to the current name in the executive's quoted sentence?

  • Is the name of Company X all that changed? Is it literally the same company with a different name. You'd probably want to go with the original name, because the executive was speaking as executive of Company X. Company Z might not literally bet he same legal entity. – jimm101 Oct 1 '18 at 22:13
  • You might want to make it unambiguous that the executive worked at the old company too. – wetcircuit Oct 1 '18 at 23:10
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The usual practice if it is necessary to make a change to a quote is to put the change in square brackets. Example:

Jones wrote "In all my years working at Company X [now named Company Y] I've never heard of such a thing."

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